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Inflation Targeting and the Inflation Process: Lessons from an Open Economy

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  • Guy Debelle
  • Jenny Wilkinson

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In an open economy inflation-targeting framework, whether policy makers should target aggregate or non-traded inflation depends on the structural relationships in the economy. This paper shows that in a small empirical model of the Australian economy, it makes little difference which measure is targeted. This conclusion is reinforced by the significant changes to the inflation process that the paper suggests have occurred over the past two decades: the effect of exchange rate changes on inflation appears to have become more muted and the inflation process appears to have become better anchored.

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  • Guy Debelle & Jenny Wilkinson, 2001. "Inflation Targeting and the Inflation Process: Lessons from an Open Economy," Working Papers Central Bank of Chile 111, Central Bank of Chile.
  • Handle: RePEc:chb:bcchwp:111
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    1. Ferro, Gustavo, 2007. "Metas de inflación ¿qué hay de nuevo bajo el sol?
      [Inflation Targeting. What's new under the sun?]
      ," MPRA Paper 15069, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 11 Mar 2008.

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